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  • 7 miles
  • 01:07 time
  • 09:33 pace
  • 829 calories
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great Born to Run 7.01 mi 01:07 09:33 pace

I resisted reading this book for a long time because I was lead to believe it was the 'barefoot manifesto' ... but it isn't really. In fact, with the exception of chapter 25, it is a definitely not the major subject of the book and none of the racers in the book actually completes the key race barefoot. In the end, I can truthfully say I really enjoyed the book and it gave me several things to think about while also providing some additional (albeit in a Hunter Thompson-esque adventuresome manner at times) insight into the world of ultras ...

Good solid run following about a 3 mile walk on the beach with Bob (who along with his fiancee is visiting from Illinois while looking for a place to buy here in Wells) on this 55 degree mostly sunny morning. Ran my old Harbor Rd route plus - good to see the harbor is getting filled with boats. Really a fine feeling aerobic run with a few fartlek-like sprints thrown in as I am definitely feeling stronger every day. With the Pinelands 25-K and the Covered Bridge Half marathon on the horizon it is really time to start boosting the mileage again soon.

Bob is going to help in the yard today so we should a lot done and have an enjoyable day ... hope you do too!

  • Karen A.
    Karen A.

    Yes! I felt the same way about the book. I really liked it myself, and the barefoot part was really one chapter. Nice run today!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • B0b
    B0b

    Sounds like you are embracing the joyful running message from the book. Although you've always seemed to take away something positive about all your runs, even the rough ones. Enjoy the day and the help of your company today, Jim.

    about 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Candace A.
    Candace A.

    man i have GOT to get that on the list of books! awesome run this morning, jim, and sounds like you've got a great one ahead. peace!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Caleb M.

    Ah, I love visiting harbors on runs. Sounds like a perfect start to the day.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Winston K.
    Winston K.

    Great 7 miles, and a great point about the book. It's SO much more than a barefoot manifesto. Now, you've got to read Alberto Salazar's book, "14 Minutes". I'm about done with it and haven't been able to put it down since opening it this weekend.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Cyndi C.
    Cyndi C.

    hey, nice run, Jim!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Barry L.

    Great way to start the day, Jim. Enjoy!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Rick C.
    Rick C.

    Barefoot or not, I found that when I was reading it, I was enjoying my runs SOOOO much more. It helped me to be more mindful of the passion of running as we do forget that from time to time. Sad that we lost Micah True recently. Caballo Blanco understood the passion more than most I think! Nice 7 Jim!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Kristen B.
    Kristen B.

    I really enjoyed that book as well. It didn't make me want to be a barefoot runner, but like you it gave me a lot to think about and it's just a very good read. I have used Chia seeds on my salads many times! I don't know what they do for me, but I like them! Nice run today, Jim.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Sandra C S.
    Sandra C S.

    Another great run, Jim. You're putting in some nice miles lately. I haven't yet read the book, but hear such wonderful reviews. Guess I should pick it up at some point. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you have a great day with Bob!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    Really solid 7 Jim, I think Born to Run is a great story and it's a bit of a shame that the barefoot movement has adopted it as it's bible (though MacDougall obviously had a lot to do with that himself).

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Karen F.
    Karen F.

    Great book which never compelled me to run barefoot, however did inspire me to a more simplistic, uncomplicated love of the run. Love your description of a beautiful spring morning in Maine! Especially the harbor!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Percy D.
    Percy D.

    nice 7 miler Jim

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Bill H.
    Bill H.

    Great book and nice 7 Jim.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Mark H.
    Mark H.

    Super run Jim and well inspired by a great book!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Andy S.
    Andy S.

    Super run and nice read, Jim! This is the book that got me started running. But I never finished the book because I've been running since chapter 11 :P

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Larry
    Larry

    I loved the book. I was also surprised that it actually had very little about barefoot running in it. It helps me put my runs into perspective, and got me hooked on chia seeds, which I have daily.

    Nice run.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    I've been meaning to read the book for a while now, and your review confirms its spot on my to-read list, Jim! I've never been interested in going totally barefoot, but I think that going to more minimalist footwear has been good for me.

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Victoria F.
    Victoria F.

    I have been wanting to read that book for a while. Glad it gave you something to think about during a great run!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • L C

    Sounds great, Jim! Great read, great run.......enjoy your day in beautiful Maine :)

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Natasha H.
    Natasha H.

    I've read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Definitely helped convert me from a want-to-like-running person to an actual runner :)

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Shannon H.
    Shannon H.

    I haven't read it yet (for your prior reason), but am tempted now. Nice miles and thoughtful post :)

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Jen R.
    Jen R.

    Great post Jim. I haven't read it yet either, it's on my list!

    about 3 years ago Like

  • Rick F.
    Rick F.

    I admit, Born to Run was part of the reason I tried minimalist, and so far I love the results (starting with Kinvaras 18 months ago, and then progressing to the Merrels about a year ago). However, the book was about much more than that and I enjoyed it and as so many people have said it changed my perspective on running even when I'm out on a run.

    about 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Terry F.
    Terry F.

    I started reading the book but never finished. It was that time thing! Just checking in! Looks like those legs of yours have been treating you well! Hello to all!

    about 3 years ago Like